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The '''honey badger''' (''Mellivora capensis''), also known as the '''ratel''' ( or ), is the only species in the mustelid subfamily '''Mellivorinae''' and its only genus '''''Mellivora'''''. It is native to Africa, Southwest Asia, and the Indian subcontinent. Despite its name, the honey badger does not closely resemble other badger species; instead, it bears more anatomical similarities to weasels. It is classed as Least Concern rather than a threatened species by the IUCN owing to its extensive range and general environmental adaptations. It is primarily a carnivorous species and has few natural predators because of its thick skin and ferocious defensive abilities.
Fossil rangemiddle Pliocene – Recent
Image caption| status = LC
Status systemIUCN3.1
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Grandparent authority{{cite web|url=http://www.badgers.org.uk/badgerpages/honey-badger-02.html |archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20011214122926/http://www.badgers.org.uk/badgerpages/honey-badger-02.html |dead-url=yes |archive-date=14 December 2001 |title=Honey Badger... |author=Steve Jackson |accessdate=6 July 2011 }}
GenusMellivora
Parent authorityGottlieb Conrad Christian Storr|Storr, 1780
Speciescapensis
Authority(Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber|Schreber, 1776)
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